Phoenix looks to be laugh­ing

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

There’s still a lot of in­ter­est in The Joker. That might come as a sur­prise to any­one who saw 2016’s Sui­cide Squad and wit­nessed Jared Leto’s at­tempts to kill the char­ac­ter for­ever, but Bat­man’s great­est foe is im­mune to ter­ri­ble act­ing, ap­par­ently. And that’s good news, be­cause Warner Bros are work­ing with The Hang­over di­rec­tor Todd Phillips on a Joker ori­gin story, set in the 1980s.

The film will ex­plore the char­ac­ter’s early days in Gotham, and prom­ises to feel like a gritty crime drama.

Martin Scorcese will pro­duce and Phillips wants Joaquin Phoenix to play the lead role – he’s ap­par­ently now wait­ing on ap­proval from the stu­dio.

I’d al­ready be in­ter­ested in a movie about The Joker, but the Joaquin Phoenix di­men­sion adds an­other layer of cu­rios­ity. There had been ru­mours of Leonardo Di­caprio, pic­tured above, tak­ing on the role but that plan ev­i­dently fell through. Phoenix is a pretty great sub­sti­tute though, and any­one who saw I’m Still Here knows he has the freak fac­tor needed to play The Joker.

Phoenix has pre­vi­ously turned down comic­book roles like Doc­tor Strange and Lex Luthor, so there must be some­thing spe­cial about this project that has caught his at­ten­tion.

It would seem that Jared Leto has lost his role as The Joker

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